With the retirement of McHenry County Board member Craig Wilcox to assume Pam Althoff’s seat in the Illinois State Senate McHenry County Board Chairman Jack Franks has the statutory duty to appoint a replacement.
The only checks on this power is that the replacement must be a member of the Republican Party and Franks’ appointment needs to be ratified by a majority of the County Board.
The local GOP recommended that long-time member John Hammerand, whose term expired as new members were sworn in, replace Wilcox.
Here is the communication from Republican Party Chairman Diane Evertsen:
McHenry County Republicans Support John Hammerand for vacated seat on County Board
McHenry County, IL – After interviewing and carefully considering several qualified applicants for the Dist 4, County Board seat, the McHenry County Republican Executive Committee endorses and puts forth John Hammerand for the vacancy.
John Hammerand who represented Dist 4 and whose term this month should take the place of Craig Wilcox. Craig Wilcox vacated his seat upon being sworn in as IL Senator for the 32nd District.
Diane Evertsen, McHenry County Republican Chairwoman said
“John, being a seasoned member of the board, knows the ins and outs of County Board Government.
“He was unique in that he has extensive knowledge of the History of McHenry County and the County Board’s votes on several decisions.
“He is in good standing with current county board members and has a great relationship with his constituents.”
Chuck Wheeler. McHenry County Republican Vice Chairman added:
“Recently retired, John also will have the time needed to dedicate to county board issues, board meetings and participation on committees.”
About John Hammerand:
John is a resident of Wonder Lake, IL. He’s married over 45 yrs, with two grown children. He’s a retired small business owner of 35 yrs. with previous Sales Rep experience for Major Capital Equipment Manufacturing Co. His Community Involvement is extensive. John has won every-time he’s run for county board with his key issue being ~Excess Government Spending and Regulation.’
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Ignoring the GOP recommendation, Franks has selected Steve Doherty, according to the Northwest Herald.
A ratification vote will be held Tuesday.